Providence Island, 1630-1641: The Other Puritan Colony

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 30, 1995 - History - 393 pages
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Providence Island was founded in 1630 at the same time as Massachusetts Bay by English puritans who thought an island off the coast of Nicaragua was far more promising than the cold, rocky shores of New England. Although they expected theirs to become a model godly society, the settlement never succeeded in building the kind of united and orderly community that the New Englanders created. In fact, they began large-scale use of slaves, and plunged into the privateering that invited the colony's extinction by the Spanish in 1641. As a well-planned and well-financed failure, Providence Island offers historians a standard by which to judge other colonies. By examining the failure of Providence Island, the author illuminates the common characteristics in all the successful English settlements, the key institutions without which men and women would not emigrate and a colony's economy could not thrive. This study of Providence Island reveals the remarkable similarities in many basic institutions among the early colonial regions.
  

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Contents

The Program
1
2 Founding a Colony on Providence Island
24
The Governorship of Captain Philip Bell
50
4 Frustrated Hopes for Economic Development
81
The Middling Planters
118
6 Servants into Slaves
149
7 Military Requirements and the Peoples Response
181
8 The Turbulent Religious Life of Providence Island
221
The Governorships of Robert Hunt and Nathaniel Butler
267
10 The Business History of the Providence Island Company
295
11 The End and Persistence of Providence Island
320
Appendixes
357
Bibliographical Essay
371
Index
379
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About the author (1995)

Karen Ordahl Kupperman is professor of history at the University of Connecticut and author of "Settling with the Indians: The Meeting of English and Indian Cultures in America, 1580-1640" and "Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony".

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